BY BANKERS REPORTER
Pioneer Foods, a South African food and beverage maker has recalled its Ceres Apple juice brands sold in Uganda and several other countries after it was found to contain high levels of patulin.
Patulin is a fruit-based mould toxin that causes nausea, vomiting and gastrointestinal disturbances. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Competition Commission said Pioneer Food informed it that the affected juice brands were on sale in Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Acting National Consumer Commissioner Thezi Mabuza says the Commission is urging consumers to return 100% Apple juice produced by Pioneer Foods. The supplier informed the Commission of the precautionary recall of both LiquiFruit and Ceres 100% apple juice.
“Consumers who have these products must not consume them but return them immediately to the point of purchase. We understand that the recall follows Pioneer Foods’ quality routine checks and laboratory testing that revealed elevated levels of mycotoxin patulin found in the product,” Mabuza said.
Mabuza says the Commission is working closely with the supplier to monitor the recall. The company says LiquiFruit products were distributed nationwide, in Botswana and Namibia while Ceres products were exported to 25 countries.
The South African firm said its investigation had confirmed that “a limited quantity of apple juice concentrate supplied to them contained elevated levels of patulin, a mould toxin mainly found in rotting apples.”
The recalled products are Ceres apple juice 200ml and Ceres apple 275ml sparkling glass on sale in DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Others are Ceres apple juice one-litre selling in Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Mauritius, and Zambia; and Ceres apple juice 200ml being sold in Seychelles.